Derby County players will be asked to accept a pay delay to help the financially troubled side.
Wayne Rooney’s side fell to the bottom after 12 points were taken by the EFL as the Rams entered administration.
Quantuma has been appointed as administrators by the Rams to manage the club while they look for buyers.
Quantuma will request permission from the team to retain around a third their salaries at the end the month.
Quantuma however, has given assurances that they will pay players and staff first.
“Our immediate objectives are to ensure the club completes its fixtures this season and finding interested parties to safeguard the club and its employees,” said Quantuma managing director Andrew Hosking.
“We are in the early stages of assessing the options available and would invite any interested parties to come forward.”
While EFL chief executive Trevor Birch said: “It is our intention to work with the administrators and all parties to secure a long-term future for Derby County.”
If the players accept the pay cut, Derby will hope the EFL will give it the green light instead of adding a three-point penalty for late payments.
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Rams defender Curtis Davis said of Wayne Rooney: “He’s a born winner. Obviously, it would be easy for him to walk away.
“But he’s in the meetings and he’s telling us, ‘I’ll stand in front of you, I’ll back you all the way. I’ll be the main one to take on any flak, any questions, whatever needs to be done. I’ll be in the trenches with you’.
“The biggest compliment you can give Wayne is he doesn’t need it.
“He didn’t need it in the summer when he couldn’t sign the players he wanted — but he’s willing to stand by us. That shows how much he wants to succeed in management.”
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Derby is now in a precarious situation.
Derby will have to liquidate if no buyer comes forward.